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Tom Hiddleston's awesome thank you letter to Joss Whedon for Loki role

Jul. 30, 2014by:
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Tom Hiddleston was pretty impressed with Joss Whedon's script for THE AVENGERS. In fact, after first reading the script, he was so happy with Loki's role in the Marvel film he just had to write a thank you letter to Whedon.

Amy Pascale's Joss Whedon: The Biography will hit stores on August 1, and a few excerpts from the biography have been released, including this lovely thank you e-mail from the actor to his THE AVENGERS director and screenwriter. While it's not as epic as Anthony Hopkins' fan letter to Bryan Cranston, Hiddleston's thank you to Whedon is still quite wonderful.

Joss,

I am so excited I can hardly speak.

The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn't know where to start. Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: "real menace"; "field of obeisance"; "discontented, nothing is enough"; "his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull"; "Puny god" ...

... Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason ... It's high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the "real menace" and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It's grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I've ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy. 

I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandisement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence.... That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.

... But really I'm just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don't do. It's epic.

Joss Whedon's response?

Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn't be more pleased at your reaction, but I'll also tell you I'm still working on it ... Thank you again. I'm so glad you're pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.

Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.

I think it's fantastic Hiddleston wanted to thank Whedon for Loki's role in THE AVENGERS, and I'd much rather read something positive like this instead of hearing an actor talk about not having a great time while working on a movie. It's too bad Loki won't be appearing in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, but I'm sure Tom Hiddleston would love to work with Joss Whedon again, even if it isn't as the God of Mischief.

Joss Whedon's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will open on May 1, 2015.

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1:46AM on 07/31/2014
Adorable and classy. Not only has he been a truly excellent, entertaining, layered Loki, Hiddleston really has been dealt an excellent head, when you think of it, actors who play supervillains rarely get to reprise their role again, let again two more times.
Adorable and classy. Not only has he been a truly excellent, entertaining, layered Loki, Hiddleston really has been dealt an excellent head, when you think of it, actors who play supervillains rarely get to reprise their role again, let again two more times.
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9:19PM on 07/30/2014
Pure class. I adore me some Hiddles.
Pure class. I adore me some Hiddles.
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7:39PM on 07/30/2014
I hope Branagh got a similar note. Don't get me wrong, what Whedon did with Loki was great, but it builds on a lot of the groundwork that was put in place in the first Thor.
I hope Branagh got a similar note. Don't get me wrong, what Whedon did with Loki was great, but it builds on a lot of the groundwork that was put in place in the first Thor.
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12:47PM on 07/30/2014

Tom is a good guy, but Loki is no Hans Gruber. Joss Whedon casted "Thor"?

Tom Hiddleston is pretty an awesome guy outside of work, and hopefully a nice guy to know. Outside of his role with Loki, he is a talented actor. It's kinda of a shame that people overhype Loki in the Marvel so much, cause he's no Hans Gruber. Hans Gruber was threatening, scary, commanding, could actually put up a fight, and a lot less whinny for a great villain.
Does the credit really go to Whedon? Pretty sure Joss did not cast Tom in the movie Thor as Loki. Pretty sure it was the casting
Tom Hiddleston is pretty an awesome guy outside of work, and hopefully a nice guy to know. Outside of his role with Loki, he is a talented actor. It's kinda of a shame that people overhype Loki in the Marvel so much, cause he's no Hans Gruber. Hans Gruber was threatening, scary, commanding, could actually put up a fight, and a lot less whinny for a great villain.
Does the credit really go to Whedon? Pretty sure Joss did not cast Tom in the movie Thor as Loki. Pretty sure it was the casting department, producer Kevin Feige, and director Kenneth Branagh who gave him the role. Joss just directed him in the movie that made him set for three lifetimes.
Joss is credited for directing the post credits scene in "Thor", but that's it.
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2:34PM on 07/30/2014
Did you read the note? He was thanking him right after he read the Avengers scripts for making his part awesome... Because Joss DID write Avengers. Maybe read the entire article before commenting on it? Might be helpful?
Did you read the note? He was thanking him right after he read the Avengers scripts for making his part awesome... Because Joss DID write Avengers. Maybe read the entire article before commenting on it? Might be helpful?
10:43AM on 07/30/2014
Probably the best part about the MCU films other then Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man. The guy is just talented and charismatic as hell and this letter proves why in so many ways. Because of him, Loki has become one of my favorite characters of all time (comic book or not).
Probably the best part about the MCU films other then Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man. The guy is just talented and charismatic as hell and this letter proves why in so many ways. Because of him, Loki has become one of my favorite characters of all time (comic book or not).
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8:54AM on 07/30/2014
Tom is quickly topping the "stand-up guy" list. He's still below Johnny Depp level, but damn he's reaching it...
Tom is quickly topping the "stand-up guy" list. He's still below Johnny Depp level, but damn he's reaching it...
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8:51AM on 07/30/2014
I get that superheroes aren't necessarily considered the most dignified roles by actors, but it goes a long way when one can appreciate it for what it is
I get that superheroes aren't necessarily considered the most dignified roles by actors, but it goes a long way when one can appreciate it for what it is
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8:25AM on 07/30/2014
Classy.
Classy.
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